Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the NFL’s Inexperienced Bay Packers, simply returned from a darkness retreat in Oregon, the place he deliberate to determine whether or not he would play subsequent season or retire.
Showing on Aubrey Marcus’s podcast, Rodgers spoke for the primary time about his journey into darkness for 2 days.
“I spent elements of a few days imagining what it might be prefer to retire after which imagining what it might be prefer to proceed to play,” he stated.
Final month, Rodgers checked right into a sensory deprivation facility referred to as Sky Cave Retreats for a chronic keep in a room utterly devoid of sunshine. He had beforehand stated that he was spending the time in isolation “have a greater sense of the place I am at in my life.”
When requested if the darkness retreat shed any gentle on his choice, Rodgers stated he nonetheless wasn’t certain however would know quickly.
“I actually needed to ponder some issues with some relationships in my life, some household stuff, after which clearly profession stuff, simply type of let no matter was gonna are available in, are available in. And it did. It undoubtedly did,” Rodgers stated.
He stated he anticipated some individuals wouldn’t be glad along with his reply.
“In the event you do not prefer it and also you assume it is drama, you assume I am being a diva or no matter, then simply tune it out,” he stated about this large choice. “That is tremendous. However that is my life. It is vital to me, and I will decide quickly sufficient, and we’ll go down that highway and be actually enthusiastic about it.”
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Extra particulars on the retreat
Earlier than getting into the retreat, Rodgers informed “The Pat McAfee Present” that he was happening the darkness retreat for 4 days. However in keeping with reporting by ESPN, he lower his keep quick by two days.
Scott Berman, who owns Sky Caves, stated that Rodgers stayed in a 300-square-foot room that’s partially underground construction and pitch black. His lodging included a queen mattress, a toilet, and a meditation mat.
Rodgers admitted to Marcus that it was tough to maneuver at midnight.
“The worst half was being disoriented, popping out of a kind of like meditations the place you assume the mattress’s over right here. And that is how I bumped into issues a number of occasions as a result of I believe, ‘I am good,’ and bang — I bumped into the wall, or dang, there’s the bath.”
However finally, he discovered the darkness beneficial.
“All of the solutions are proper inside me, and I touched lots of them — and undoubtedly the emotions — on each side in the course of the darkness. I am grateful for that point,” he stated.